Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® believes in Equal Opportunity for all. Fair housing laws are a cornerstone of community, in New York and throughout the country. As REALTOR® members we have both the opportunity and responsibility to increase efforts to support diversity and inclusivity in the real estate market. It is our commitment to uphold fair housing laws and offer equal professional service to all in their search of real property.
2023 Fair Housing Events:
HGAR’s Sejdi Says Still Work to Do to Ensure Fair Housing
In a national RISMedia report on Fair Housing, Vlora Sejdi, Chair of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Fair Housing Committee, said that while much has been accomplished in terms of Fair Housing, she noted that there is still work to do and Realtors can serve as activists to champion Fair Housing. The month of April is Fair Housing Month.
Sejdi noted that New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed new state-wide laws to further fair housing, including a legislative package that increased the required anti-discrimination/fair housing training for New York real estate professionals. “(HGAR is) a strong supporter of any bill that will help with transparency and fair housing,” says Sejdi. “We’re actually going to Albany on May 2 to lobby (the New York state government).”
Sejdi said HGAR is currently working to see a bill that would create transparency in co-op living applications passed. “You apply to a co-op, and if it’s not consistent with everyone that comes in, you really do have a breeding ground for unfairness,” she says. “There’s no reason why you should treat one applicant differently from the other, so we want to promote transparency. There needs to be a deadline from when you’re interviewed to when you get your response; there should be a reason attached to your denial. Otherwise, how do you know if the reason was fair?”
A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America
In 1933, faced with a housing shortage, the federal government began a program explicitly designed to increase — and segregate — America's housing stock. Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a "state-sponsored system of segregation."
Gov. Hochul Signs Bill Package to Combat Housing Discrimination in Response to Newsday’s Expose
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a legislative package on December 21, 2021, totaling nine bills geared at combating housing discrimination and addressing issues raised in a Newsday expose entitled “Long Island Divided.”
Love Letters or Liability Letters?
- NAR article
- HGAR Barrister Briefing article: Good Intentions Paving the Way to Hell: Love Letters and Escalation Clauses (11/23/2020)
- HGAR Barrister Briefing article: Love Letters Redux: Discrimination, First Amendment Rights and the Future (3/15/2022)
Learn How to Respond When Your Client Violates Fair Housing Laws
Real estate agents need to understand how to respond when a client violates fair housing laws. By acting swiftly to separate yourself from and address the discriminatory behavior, you can not only protect yourself from potential liability, but also help prevent fair housing violations..
Fair Housing Declaration
Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity.
Print a copy of the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration and post it in your office.
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